Special Issue "The Impact of Crisis and Opportunity Discourses on Digital Journalism Practice and Research"

A special issue of Journalism and Media (ISSN 2673-5172).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2022) | Viewed by 12788

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Simón Peña-Fernández
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Guest Editor
Department of Journalism, School of Social and Communication Sciences, University of the Basque, 48940 Lejona, Vizcaya, Spain
Interests: communication; journalism; online journalism; social innovation; social media
Prof. Dr. Ainara Larrondo-Ureta
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Guest Editor
Department of Journalism, School of Social and Communication Sciences, University of the Basque, 48940 Lejona, Vizcaya, Spain
Interests: communication; online journalism; transmedia storytelling; media studies; political communication
Prof. Dr. Koldobika Meso-Ayerdi
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Guest Editor
Department of Journalism, School of Social and Communication Sciences, University of the Basque, 48940 Lejona, Vizcaya, Spain
Interests: online journalism; media studies; communication; media literacy; disinformation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue aims to encourage an in-depth empirical and reflexive analysis of the reinvigorated directions digital journalism studies are taking in the context of the hybrid media system. In particular, it intends to draw attention to the impact that the discourse of crisis and opportunities has had on this field, in which technology recovers its potential as one of the main variables of influence on the practice and research of the profession and the discipline. At the same time, this call aims to encourage reflection on some of the main premises of the discipline, such as the growing disconnection between journalism and news production, increasing interdisciplinary and global diversity, pro-innovation and newness bias, etc. This Special Issue thus seeks to contribute to the advancement of digital journalism from a multidimensional and systemic perspective on its value in the field of communication, understanding that digital journalism has demonstrated its potential as a social system, a socio-technical practice, a discourse, a cultural industry and business, and a democratic force.

Therefore, contributions focusing on the following specific issues are welcome:

- Big data and computational-activity-related production and distribution;

- Immersive storytelling and advanced interactive formats: production and reception studies;

-Emotional journalism;

-Strategies for journalism innovation in local and regional digital news organizations;

-Disinformation and fake news;

-Hybrid journalist’s functions and roles;

-News organizations and technology platforms cooperation;

-Legacy and alternative media business strategies;

-Renovated frames and agenda issues;

-Hybrid infotainment formulas.

Prof. Dr. Simón Peña-Fernández
Prof. Dr. Ainara Larrondo-Ureta
Prof. Dr. Koldobika Meso-Ayerdi
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • online journalism
  • news
  • big data
  • disinformation
  • transmedia storytelling
  • media innovation
  • social media
  • interactive formats
  • multimedia
  • business strategies

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Gatekeepers as Safekeepers—Mapping Audiences’ Attitudes towards News Media’s Editorial Oversight Functions during the COVID-19 Crisis
Journal. Media. 2022, 3(1), 182-197; https://doi.org/10.3390/journalmedia3010014 - 02 Mar 2022
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This study investigates people’s attitudes towards news media’s role as gatekeepers during the coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, this concerns news media’s quality control and the selection of the most important news about the pandemic, as well as the provision of useful information and knowledge [...] Read more.
This study investigates people’s attitudes towards news media’s role as gatekeepers during the coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, this concerns news media’s quality control and the selection of the most important news about the pandemic, as well as the provision of useful information and knowledge about the virus and its implications. Challenging research that has questioned the very idea of journalistic gatekeeping in hybrid media systems, we set out to explore people’s attitudes towards news media’s gatekeeper functions during a crisis, when the need for reliable and relevant information is extraordinarily high and the information environment is flooded with disinformation. In this situation, news media gatekeepers could serve as safekeepers that protect the population. Based on a national survey in Norway (N = 1024), a country characterized by high levels of trust in social institutions, including the national press, the study finds that people were generally supportive of news media’s gatekeeper functions amid the pandemic. However, there were noteworthy demographic differences. Older people, women, and those who were more highly educated showed more positive attitudes towards news media’s gatekeeping. Moreover, we found lower support for news media’s gatekeeping in the group who trusted alternative, right-wing news media. Full article
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Fake News Explosion in Portugal and Brazil the Pandemic and Journalists’ Testimonies on Disinformation
Journal. Media. 2022, 3(1), 52-65; https://doi.org/10.3390/journalmedia3010005 - 06 Jan 2022
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Orchestrated manipulations spread lies and can create an environment of uncertainty in society, leading to concerns from politicians, scholars, educators, and journalists, among others. In this paper we explore what the emergence of fake news (understood as false news) represents for journalists, trying [...] Read more.
Orchestrated manipulations spread lies and can create an environment of uncertainty in society, leading to concerns from politicians, scholars, educators, and journalists, among others. In this paper we explore what the emergence of fake news (understood as false news) represents for journalists, trying to answer the following question: Does false news pose a threat to the credibility of good journalism, causing a disruption of the traditional work? To answer it, we interviewed a sample of journalists from various media organizations in Portugal and Brazil. Among the main findings, journalists are aware that fake news is a problem to be faced, as the blame for the dissemination of false news erroneously lies with the profession. They are conscious that something must be done and agree that the best way to fight against fake news is to invest in media literacy. Most of the journalists of our sample think they must be also more cautious to check sources for veracity and for political motivations. The results show that there is a resolve to reinforce the role of journalism in society. Full article
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Thematic Patterns of Disinformation about COVID-19: The Framing of Checks in the Fato ou Fake and Lupa Agencies
Journal. Media. 2022, 3(1), 27-39; https://doi.org/10.3390/journalmedia3010003 - 30 Dec 2021
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This article, which integrates broader research, aims to identify the fake news patterns propagated in the process of disinformation about COVID-19 that were evaluated by the Brazilian fact-checking agencies Fato or Fake and Lupa. Aiming at this goal, we considered the strategies for [...] Read more.
This article, which integrates broader research, aims to identify the fake news patterns propagated in the process of disinformation about COVID-19 that were evaluated by the Brazilian fact-checking agencies Fato or Fake and Lupa. Aiming at this goal, we considered the strategies for spreading false information about the disease from January to September 2020. As a methodology, we used part of the procedures associated with media framing, focusing on the themes and labels of the checked information. Politics and death were the two main issues in misinformation assessed by the agencies, closely followed by themes related to cure and prevention. Personalities were particularly relevant at Lupa. The high frequency of the political issue reveals the ideological polarization that Brazil is experiencing, leading to global health crises such as the new coronavirus pandemic. Full article
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Exo Journalism: A Conceptual Approach to a Hybrid Formula between Journalism and Artificial Intelligence
Journal. Media. 2021, 2(4), 830-840; https://doi.org/10.3390/journalmedia2040048 - 15 Dec 2021
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The irruption of artificial intelligence (AI) and automated technology has substantially changed the journalistic profession, transforming the way of capturing, processing, generating, and distributing information; empowering the work of journalists by modifying the routines and knowledge required by information professionals. This study, which [...] Read more.
The irruption of artificial intelligence (AI) and automated technology has substantially changed the journalistic profession, transforming the way of capturing, processing, generating, and distributing information; empowering the work of journalists by modifying the routines and knowledge required by information professionals. This study, which conceptualizes the “exo journalism” on the basis of the impact of AI on the journalism industry, is part of a research project of the Observatory for Information Innovation in the Digital Society (OI2). The results, derived from documentary research supported by case studies and in-depth interviews, propose that AI is a source of innovation and personalization of journalistic content and that it can contribute to the improvement of professional practice, allowing the emergence of a kind of "exo journalist", a conceptual proposal that connects the possibilities of AI with the needs of journalism’s own productive routines. The end result is the enhancement of the journalist’s skills and the improvement of the news product. The research focuses on conceptualizing a kind of support and complement for journalists in the performance of their tasks based on the possibilities of AI in the automatic generation of content and data verification. Full article
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Fewer and Later: Women as Experts in TED Talks about COVID-19
Journal. Media. 2021, 2(4), 808-818; https://doi.org/10.3390/journalmedia2040046 - 02 Dec 2021
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The dissemination of science has undergone a major upsurge in recent years thanks to the Internet, which has served to overcome many of the technical and economic barriers. Among the many initiatives, one of the most successful tools has been the TED Talks [...] Read more.
The dissemination of science has undergone a major upsurge in recent years thanks to the Internet, which has served to overcome many of the technical and economic barriers. Among the many initiatives, one of the most successful tools has been the TED Talks website. At the same time, various studies indicate that women produce less science dissemination content and that they are also more likely to receive hostile comments. The objective of this research is to analyze from a gender perspective the content published on the TED Talk website on COVID-19 from 1 March 2020 to 31 March 2021 (n = 62) to determine its characteristics and the topics addressed, as well as the resulting engagement and the predominant feelings of the comments received. To do this, a content analysis of the publications has been carried out, as well as a qualitative analysis of the comments. The results indicate that the percentage of women experts on this platform is slightly lower than that of men (42.19%), and they have published content in later phases of the pandemic. From a qualitative point of view there are also differences, since women mainly opt for a social, political and social approach to the issue. In addition, the engagement of their publications is lower than that of men, although a higher prevalence of negative feelings is perceived in the comments they receive. Full article
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